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just watching
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My hobbies are papercrafting and Rainmeter ( ). I'm also very fond of Inkscape ( ) and I've recently started to dabble in photography.

I am the maintainer of the Rainmeter package for Sublime Text 2, which makes creating and editing Rainmeter skins way easier.
Editing and creating Rainmeter skins can be a daunting task. You have to remember the names of lots of options and what values you can assign to them, you have to keep track of your variables, possibly distributed over multiple files, and between all that you have to make sure you get the syntax right. If you have been using the standard Windows Notepad to edit your skin files, it was probably a painful experience.

It does not have to be like this! There is a lot a good editor can do to make editing skins easier, so you can spend more time thinking about what your measures and meters should do, and less time thinking about wether it is called ValueReminder or ValueRemainder. In my opinion, Sublime Text 2 ( ) does the best job of this. It is a commercial editor that costs $70 but can be evaluated free of charge for an unlimited amount of time. The only drawback of not paying is that you get a small popup window every so often when you are saving a file. It doesn't happen often enough to be annoying though, so don't worry.

Out of the box, Sublime Text 2 opens multiple files in tabs and sports a sidebar that shows all your open files. You can also create projects, which store your open files and show files and folders belonging to the project in the sidebar for easy access without going to Windows Explorer. This is especially handy for organizing your work on a skin. Just create a project with the current skin's folder and you have instant access to all the files from the sidebar. Plus you can switch between projects quickly and work on several different skins. The project will remember the state of the UI and all the open files, so you can continue right where you left off.

Some of the most powerful features of Sublime Text 2 include the following:

    You can have a look at a video presentation of these features on the Sublime Text 2 homepage . These features alone make Sublime Text 2 a good choice for editing Rainmeter skins, but it really begins to shine when you combine it with the vast amount of extension packages out there. Sublime Text 2 allows every user to expand its abilities by scripting. There are a large amount of packages available that expand the humble text editors capabilities. These range from highlighting matching brackets to allowing you to upload things to the web straight from the editor. You can have a look at all those different packages and how to install them here:

    What I want to focus on here is the Rainmeter package, which I created myself after finding out about Sublime Text 2 and its awesome capabilities. You can check out a detailed description here:… . This package makes Sublime Text 2 the perfect editor for Rainmeter skins. Let me briefly go over the features here:

    Syntax Highlighting

    Rainmeter uses the INI format with lots of predefined options and some special syntax. Syntax highlighting colors different words and symbols according to their meaning, making it far easier to make sense of all that code. The Rainmeter package provides multiple color schemes to choose from, or you can make your own.

    Code Completion

    The package expands Sublime Text's autocomplete functionality by adding autocompletion for all the options and bangs, as well as some of the predefined values and global variables. Sublime Text does a clever matching on those words, so that you don't have to type them all. For example, you can just type cuco and hit enter to get #CURRENTCONFIG#. This saves a lot of time and brain effort, because you don't need to remember the exact spelling of all those options and variables any more.

    Additionally, there are a few predefined snippets for measures and meters. Those are invoked by names starting with "t". For example, if you want to create a new image meter, typetimage and hit enter. A basic skeleton for an image meter will by inserted at the cursor position and you can press TAB to cycle through the different fields and fill them in.

    Other Features

    There are a number of other features that make your life easier. These include refreshing Rainmeter or the skin you're currently working on via keyboard shortcut, folding sections of code away so you only see what you need to see, selecting a color from a color chooser dialog and directly inserting it as a hex-code into the skin, quickly creating a new skin and more. Take a look at the packages' website to learn more:…

    All these little things make working on Rainmeter skins way easier and more fun, which is what it's all about, so download Sublime Text 2, install the Rainmeter package and get skinning!

    If you notice any problems with the package, don't hesitate to contact me or submit a bug report.


    If all thes code completion popup thingies are annoying you and you don't want to see that window reminding you to purchase a license all the time, you can also use Notepad++ to edit Rainmeter skins. It's a powerful replacement for Notepad and has its own possibilities of extending the functionality. Poiru created the plugin RainLexer for it, which adds syntax highlighting and keyborad shortcuts for refreshing Rainmeter or the current skin. Take a look at it here:…


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    Victhor Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
    Thanks for accepting my request to submit Glass Tabs Sidebar to Winampers! =) (Smile)
    Feel free to join in and submit your next deviations if it fits.

    kenshin1387 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
    The belt buckles are up in my etsy shop.

    kenshin1387 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
    Thanks for the fav!
    SolarPhoton Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
    Hi, I've made a Rainmeter theme using your weather icons: [link]
    Linked and credited :D
    Jeetlebuice1 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
    hey merlin,ive used your weather icons here- [link] and ive linked back to your icon pack,hope its ok!
    MerlinTheRed Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
    Thanks! I'll link it in the description of the icons.
    n24-second Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Student
    here it is [link]
    hope you like it, there will be more for different weather conditions :)
    Loone-Wolf Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Professional General Artist
    Thank you for the watch!
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